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Document number: 1551
Date: 10 Apr 1827
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: AWDRY William Henry
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Collection number historic: LA27-11
Last updated: 22nd December 2010

Chippenham <1>
10th April 1827

Dear Sir –

I am much pleased to hear that Mr Grosett <2> has offered to give up his Lease of the Abbey, being aware of your wishes upon the subject – Mr Darley <3> is getting on with the Map, but I apprehend it will not be completed much before Midsummer

I will communicate your message to Dr Nicholas <4> – I have just been into Dorsetshire & as I passed thro’ Sarum <5> in my way home, I accidentally met him there & again looked at the Barn in question, about which I quite entertain my former opinion –

I was in Town the beginning of March, in my way from Yorkshire & am not likely to have Business there again for some months to come –

I have appointed Mr Darley to meet Mr Montagu’s Surveyor respecting the proposed exchange of Lands – but we have found it necessary to put off the Meeting for a few Weeks, in order to have the Lands accurately measured – for our accounts did not agree with theirs upon that point –

I am Dear Sir Yr Obliged & Obedt Sert
W. H. Awdry

W. H. F. Talbot Esq
1 – Brunswick Terrace


1. Chippenham, Wiltshire: largest town near Lacock, 3 miles N.

2. John Rock Grosett (1783-1866), MP; Jamaican Parliament; occupant of Lacock Abbey until summer 1827.

3. John Darley, architect & surveyor, Chippenham.

4. The Rev Dr John Nicholas (1764-1836), Rector of Fisherton Anger and Vicar of Westport, Wiltshire. [See Doc. No: 01549].

5. Old name for Salisbury, Wiltshire. After the Conquest in 1072, the bishopric of Wilts was transferred to Sarum from Sherbourne.

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